[uf-discuss] generic microformat parsing heuristics?

Phil Dawes phil at phildawes.net
Wed Nov 9 04:34:49 PST 2005

Danny Ayers wrote:
> On 11/9/05, Charles Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> wrote:
>>I really don't know as much about the profile URI as I should, but my
>>understanding is that the profile attribute sites on the HTML "head"
>>element.  And you'd still have to know about "meaning" behind each
>>different profile URI (that you are interested in), ahead of time,
>>before you could use them.
> I don't disagree, but would argue that there is a lot that can be
> gleaned without needing the full "meaning". Most software deals with
> entities and relationships between them, and microformats do carry
> enough to tell what's what in this limited sense. RDF demonstrates
> that this can be enough to intelligently merge and query data,
> potentially from multiple sources, which is a good basis on which more
> application- (or microformat-) specific functionality can be built.

Agreed - for example, you don't necessarily need to know the meaning of 
the data to aggregate it.

> (To clarify: RDF is only one way of doing this, but personally I'm way
> too lazy to be interested in inventing others...).

I've got far too much time on my hands, so here's mine:



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